Here's a great idea! Why not buy your Christmas gifts in the Old World this year? The low prices being charged by Ski Europe for six-night packages to Austria and Germany are like a gift in themselves, at just $1,175 per person, air and hotel included. You'll take in the delights of snow-covered mountains and forests surrounding the traditional Christmas Markets of Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Munich, Innsbruck and Vienna.

The Germany and Austria Market trip departs on November 29, returning on December 6, 2002. You cross the Atlantic on Lufthansa's reliable planes (or with United, their partner airline), from New York to Frankfurt, returning from Munich. You spend two nights each in Rothenburg (at the famous and charming Eisenhut), in Munich (at the Kings Classic) and in Innsbruck (at the Hotel Innsbruck), with breakfast daily at the hotels. Included are three dinners and city tours of Rothenburg, Munich and Innsbruck, as well as visits to the Nymphenburg Palace, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Swarovski Crystal Works. Also part of the $1,175 price is ground transport by bus, local taxes and service charges. The hotels are all 4-star rated. For additional information go online by clicking here.

The Austrian Market package departs on November 29 and returns December 6, 2002, with the same air transport, except that you fly to Vienna and return from Munich. You spend two nights each in Vienna at the Dorint Europlatz, in Salzburg at the Dorint and in Innsbruck at the Hotel Innsbruck, all 4-star rated. Daily breakfast is included in each hotel, as well as city tours in the three towns, with visits to the Silent Night Chapel, the "Christkindl" Post Office and more. The price for this is also $1,175 per person, sharing a double room. For additional information on this package, click here.

To speak to a customer service representative contact Ski Europe (which is based in Houston), at 800/333-5533 or 713/960-0900, fax 713/960-8966, e-mail